Career Information and Resources
A career in education allows you to help enrich your community by being a positive role model, imparting knowledge about learning and human development, and collaborating with others to solve critical educational and human problems in diverse environments. As you shape the next generation by providing them the tools and knowledge to make positive societal contribution s, you will also be able to build your leadership and interpersonal skills throughout your career. An education degree opens a world full of careers for you. K-12 teaching, research, student affairs, advising, curriculum development, and international education are only a few options on a long list of opportunities. Below are helpful resources as you prepare for your future career in education.
Virtual Career Planning Appointments
Career Planning Appointments are 30-minute individual sessions with your College of Education career coach, Daneen. In a Career Planning Appointment, you can talk to your career coach about anything related to your career. Career Planning appointments are suggested for more in-depth, personalized questions and strategies about your career goals. We currently have nine Career Planning topics to choose from:
- Choosing/Changing Your Major
- Exploring Career Options
- Finding/Discussing Your Career Interests, Strengths and Values
- Finding Meaningful Experience (Internship, Part-Time work, Shadowing, Volunteering, Research etc.)
- Developing Your Network/Community (Networking, LinkedIn, Finding a Mentor)
- Developing Your Resume, Cover Letter, Personal Statement or E-Portfolio
- Graduate School Exploration/Preparation
- Finding/Preparing for a Full-Time Job
- Preparing for Interviews & Mock Interviews
You can schedule your Career Planning Appointment through Gator CareerLink. Instructions on how to schedule an appointment can be found here.
Virtual Express Drop-Ins
Express Drop-Ins are available weekdays from 12pm – 3 pm They are designed for document reviews (i.e. resumes, cover letters, personal statements), mock interviews, LinkedIn profile reviews, and quick Career Planning questions. They are typically 15-20 minutes long and no appointment is needed.
Career coaches and ambassadors will meet with you virtually for your Express Drop-In service.
Please note that the Express Drop-In service is only available for current UF students and alumni up to one year after graduation.
Molm Family Gator Career Closet
Located on the ground floor of the Career Connections Center, the Molm Family Gator Career Closet serves as a lending closet for students to borrow professional clothing and accessories free of charge. This service is available to all UF students with a valid UF ID and alumni, up to one year after graduation. Individual Consultations are also available by appointment.
Free professional headshots are offered by a student volunteer photographer. Headshots are taken in the Molm Family Gator Career Closet lobby on the ground floor of the Career Connections Center.
Events and Career Fairs
Participating in career events is one way to be intentional about your professional development. A variety of online an on-campus events customized to your professional needs are offered every semester.
- College of Education
- EduGator Newsletter
- Career Connections Center
- Office of Graduate Professional Development
- Gator CareerLink
Career Fairs aren’t just for securing a job, they’re also great opportunities to connect with professionals and build your network. Attend a virtual or on-campus fair to explore you career options and foster professional connections. Popular fairs for education students include:
- Careers in Education Fair – Occurs annually in the Spring
- Careers in Government, Public Service, and Nonprofit Fair – Occurs annually in the Spring
- Career Showcase – Occurs Fall & Spring
- Diversity Meet-Up – Occurs Fall & Spring
- Resume Examples
- Competency Action Verbs
- Cover Letters
- Teacher Toolkit
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- LinkedIn and Social Media
DEVELOP A CAREER PLAN
- Career Connections Center Resource Library
- Roadmap for Doctoral Student Success at UF
- 8 Semester Readiness Guide (Undergraduate)
- Alumni Resources
ACADEMIC JOB SEARCH
- Academic Job Search
- Teaching and Research Statements
- Preparing Future Faculty
- Office of Graduate Professional Development Workshop Series
EDUCATION SCIENCES RESOURCES
- Education Sciences Resume
- Education Sciences Cover Letter
- Careers in Education Sciences
- 10 Tips for Finding an Internship or Job
- 5 Tips for Getting Your Foot in The Undergraduate Research Door
- 5 Transferrable Skills from Studying Abroad
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Jobs and Meaningful Experiences
Experience changes everything. Your experiences while in college while pursuing your degree, can enhance your academic experience, allow you to learn and develop transferrable skills and market the unique value you bring to the workforce. Below is a list of experiences that you can take advantage of during your time at the University of Florida.
FIND A MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE
- College of Education Job & Internship Board
- Popular Job Boards for Education & Human Development
- EduGator Newsletter (Employment & Internships Section)
- Gator CareerLink
- Brown Center for Leadership and Service
- UF Service & Outreach
- Mentorship, service learning, global learning fellowships, on-campus employment, and information on more meaningful experiences can be found here.